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Moroccan Carrot and Orange Soup By Chef Michael Simpson

soup

  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 cups peeled chopped onions
  • 2 Tbs. peeled minced garlic
  • 3 Tbs. peeled minced ginger
  • 4 Tbs. orange zest
  • 1/2 Tbs. ground toasted coriander
  • 1/2 Tbs. ground toasted cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • 4 cups peeled and sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • salt and black pepper
  • 6 Tbs. chopped cilantro

Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pot and add the onions- sweat them for 5 minutes till translucent but not brown.  Add the garlic and ginger and with the flame still on low cook for an additional 2 minutes to bloom them.  Add the zest and the spices and treat them likewise.  Turn up the heat, add the carrots and stir it all up. After a half a minute or so splash it with the wine and the orange juice. Once that hits you in the face stir in the stock and bring it to a low and careful boil.   When the carrots are soft after (about 45 minutes), it’s time to puree the soup either with a hand blender or by straining the solids off and pureeing them in a food processor and blending it back into the liquid.   Season to taste and add the cilantro.

As an option you can dollop or squirt a ribbon of spiced yogurt or creme fraiche on the top of the soup when you serve it.  Make it nice as life is precious.

“Mustikkakeitto”- Cold Finnish Blueberry Soup by Chef Michael Simpson

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  • 4# washed blueberries
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • water to cover
  • 1 cup Marsalla
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup sugar or to taste
  • 1Tbs. salt
  • 6 Tbs. arrowroot in 1/2 cup water
  • honey/lemon yogurt as garnish
Bring the berries and water to a simmer and when they burst after about 20 minutes strain and press all of the juice out of the berries. Bring the juice, sugar, cinnamon, zest and lemon juice to a low boil and cool another 20 minutes. Add the Marsalla. Simmer 10 minutes, add the arrowroot and a little water and cook 5 minutes to thicken. Remove the cinnamon sticks and chill completely.  To serve, ladle the chilled soup into a bowl and place a dollop or swirl of yogurt on the top.  It makes about four quarts.  Enjoy!
Cutting Biscotti - Living Foods Kauai

Biscotti di Mandorle by Chef Michael Simpson

  • 1# soft butter
  • 4 C. sugar
  • 10 eggs
  • 10 C. AP flour
  • 4 C. almonds- toasted and chopped
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 3 Tbs. toasted anise seed
  • 2 Tbs. baking powder
  • 3 Tbs. salt
  • 4 Tbs. vanilla
  • 2 C. sultanas
  • 2 C. dried cranberries

 

Beat butter and sugar 3 minutes until fluffy. Beat in eggs 1X1; add rest of ingredients.
Shape into logs 1 1/2” in diameter and the width of the short length of a sheet pan.
Fashion parchment covered foil barriers to place between the logs on the parchment lined sheet pan and bake at 325˚ for 30 or more minutes until firmed up and slightly browned.
Carefully remove to a cutting board and slice with the serrated knife into 1/4” thick cookies on a slight bias approx. 3” long.
Set on parchment lined sheet pans and bake at 250˚ till completely dry.

 

This is a great gift, or item to bring to a party. I suggest using a fun bag to place them in and tie with ribbon.